Outdoors

Denver-based skydiver Nick Batsch wins third USPA Canopy Piloting Nationals

The mere thrill of jumping out of a plane wasn't enough for Denver-based skydiver Nick Batsch, who took up the sport of canopy piloting (where the action is closer to the ground) ten years ago. Batsch just won his third United States Parachute Association (USPA) National Skydiving Championships of Canopy Piloting over the weekend at Skydive Spaceland, south of Houston, adding to a trophy pile that also includes his first-ever world championship title at the Canopy Piloting World Cup last month in Czech Republic and a new world distance record set earlier this year in Longmont.

We caught up with him to ask about what kind of cojones it takes to parachute into a canopy pilot course at speeds up to 100 miles per hour, just inches off the ground.

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Colin Bane
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